Bringing Tamworth to us
YOUNG local musicians will perform a sneak peak concert tonight to showcase what they've got in store for the Tamworth Country Music Festival.
The talented Australian Institute of Country Music students have stepped it up in preparation for Tamworth and will be offering Gympie people the chance to see a level of performance unprecedented at the institute.
AICM's Pre Tamworth 2013 Showcase will feature The Institute band with Alana Vogler and Angus Saffery-Hiern, Caitlyn Shadbolt and Aiming High, Liv Young duo, Something in Latin, young rock band Playback, The Talisha Young Band, as well as solo acts, Olivia Nolan and Jennifer Cole.
Entry is by gold coin donation at the door, which grants the audience a ticket in the lucky door prize and a raffle will be drawn on the night.
The Gympie contingent, of more than 20 AICM students plus their teachers and supporters, leaves on Saturday. That makes up about 50 people!
The talented student musicians will perform daily showcases at the Courthouse Hotel along with an AICM showcase in Peel St.
All students have spent the past year honing their craft after a successful 2012 tour, in which they received plenty of compliments and valuable feedback
They have their sights set on doing their best at a number of competitions, including Coca-Cola Youngstars, Coca-Cola Battle of the Bands, Aristocrats, CCMA and Mount Franklin Water.
Multi-instrumentalist Aidan Patrick will be particularly busy, playing in three bands as well as a number of solo gigs and competitions, including the inaugural Battle of the Bluegrass.
This year will be the first time to Tamworth for some of the students and all have been preparing for this pinnacle of the country music calendar.
The Tamworth Country Music Festival showcase is tonight at the AICM building, Channon St Gympie, at 6.30pm. Entry is by gold coin donation, which includes a ticket in the lucky door prize and light supper. Profits raised will go towards the trip.